From Comcast SportsNetTORONTO (AP) -- Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports."The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter," the Blue Jays said in a statement Monday night, adding they "do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday's game."The team said Escobar will be available to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium along with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera.
The A's had a chance to take a road series from the Yankees, but star rookie Aaron Judge flexed his way to a huge go-ahead grand slam.
Judge's opposite field shot erased the A's 2-1 lead and the Yankees went on to win, 9-5, Sunday in New York.
Andrew Triggs started on the hill for the A's and tossed six innings. He allowed six runs, yet only one of those were earned.
In the top of the eighth inning, Khris Davis smacked his 15th home run of the year.
On defense, the A's continued to be sloppy and committed two errors.
The A's fell to 22-27 this season.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James says the challenge of facing the Golden State Warriors in the Finals is “up there” with any of his career.
Appearing in his seventh straight Finals, James knows the Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs as they prepare to the play the Western Conference champions for the third straight year. This version of the Warriors is even scarier than previous ones as Kevin Durant is now playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
James was in a similar situation in Miami when he went up against San Antonio and a roster of future Hall of Famers.
The three-time champion said playing Golden State is “going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”
Reminded that Las Vegas oddsmakers had made him an underdog in six of his eight Finals, James quipped, “I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”